Snowtop too tough for rivals at Sunshine Coast

Mar 17, 2013

Developing filly Snowtop relished a rise in distance and a bigger track to post a brave win in the Hot 91.1FM Maiden Plate (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast.

Snowtop started racing a month before her maiden victory with the daughter of Freeze beginning her career with a solid third over 1100 metres at the Gold Coast before she recorded a promising second over the same trip at Ipswich on March 8.

Meagher Racing sent Snowtop out over 1200 metres at the Sunshine Coast nine days later with the three-year-old showing the desired improvement to win by a half neck, courtesy of a cool Ashley Butler ride.

Butler let Snowtop find her feet midfield on the rail for the first half of the contest before luck deserted the pair when disappointed for a run rounding the home turn.

The apprentice decided to take Snowtop back to the rail at the 300 metres before the emerging galloper made good ground to be on the heels of the leaders with 150 metres to travel.

Butler switched Snowtop around the leaders’ heels before the handy prospect dug deep to overhaul the runner-up Around The Legs late to claim a gutsy victory.

"It was a very good ride from Ash" co trainer Dan Meagher said. " He rode her cool calm and collective and if he keeps riding like that we will be very happy.

Dan went onto say that she is a tough little customer, " She is only 448 kgs but she is a real fighter who always give 100%, if all goes well we will run her in 3 weeks time then give her a short break."

Snowtop’s victory was significant for her veteran dam Orianda with the filly the last foal of the broodmare’s 18-year breeding career.

Orianda was a smart racemare in her own right, winning at Group 3 level and pushing outstanding Group 1 performers Vitalic and Groucho in the Group 2 Ansett Cup in 1989.

Snowtop is a half-sister to the stakes-winner Wait Here, who scored a black type victory back in 1996.

Congratulations to Snowtop’s owners -Dan Meagher, Sean Bridges, John and Jan Dean, Wayne Innes, Darren O'Meara and Clint Rom.

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